Our Members Asked:
What are the health benefits of stevia and other natural sweeteners? Are they safe?
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is generally promoted as a natural, non-caloric sweetener and an alternative to sugars and artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal). It is sometimes promoted for lowering blood sugar, lowering blood pressure, and even as a treatment for Lyme disease, but the evidence behind these claims is weak.
Although generally safe, some people may experience side effects.
See the full answer for details and our Top Pick among stevia brands such as Truvia (Cargill), PureVia (Pepsico and Whole Earth Sweetener Company), Sweet Additions Stevia (from Aldi stores), Great Value Stevia (from Walmart), Stevia in the Raw (Cumberland Packing Corp.) Stevia Extract (BulkSuplements.com), Organic Stevia (Micro Ingredients), Simply Stevia (Stevita), and BetterStevia (NOW Foods), as well as whether stevia can adversely affect gut health.
We also discuss other natural sweeteners, including allulose (Wholesome Allulose, RxSugar, Splenda Allulose), erythritol (Swerve, etc.), lucuma powder (Terrasoul Superfoods Lucuma Powder, Zint Lucuma Powder), and monk fruit sweetener (Nectresse, Monk Fruit in the Raw, PureLo.)